“While we’re setting the record straight…”
After months of work, Speaker Paul Ryan enjoyed a victory this week when he was able to convince enough of his fellow Republicans in the House to vote for a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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The original bill, known as the American Health Care Act, has been amended three times since it was first unveiled. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office scored the initial bill and the first amendment. But since then, the bill has gone through two more substantial changes, one to appease conservatives and one to appease moderates.
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A second CBO review on March 23, after the first minor "manager's amendments" were made, found the same figures for the uninsured.
There has been no review since then, despite the two other rounds of amendments to the bill — including the changes to please the conservatives, which could enable states to allow insurance companies to raise prices on people with pre-existing conditions.
The events of the last week all happened very quickly. After the bill was amended a second time on Wednesday to appeal to moderates, it was rushed to a vote on Thursday without any additional CBO reviews or committee hearings.
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